As of September 1, 2004, unless exempted, F-1 and J-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors receiving an initial SEVIS Form I-20 or DS-2019 with an issuance date of September 1, 2004 or later will be required to pay the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SEVIS Fee.
The fee for Scholars is $180 USD. (Note: this fee increases to $200 on June 24, 2019)
The fee for Students is $200 USD. (Note: this fee increases to $350 on June 24, 2019)
What does this mean for you? It depends on your situation…
If you are a continuing F-1 or J-1 student or J-1 scholar, you will not need to pay the federal SEVIS fee as long as you maintain your current status.
You will need to pay the fee if you change your visa status or if you fail to maintain your status and must apply for reinstatement.
If you are a Canadian citizen who is currently a part-time student, you will receive a notation on your I-20 each semester to designate that you are a continuing student and thus not subject to the SEVIS fee.
If you are a current part-time F-3 student holding Canadian citizenship who commutes from Canada, you will receive a notation on your I-20 each semester to designate that you are continuing student and thus not subject to the SEVIS fee.
Paying the SEVIS Fee:
The fee can be paid to DHS either through a mail-in procedure or via the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (a division of DHS) website https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.jsp. The fee must be paid after you have received your I-20 or DS-2019 and before your visa appointment. The U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement website (http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/ ) also has helpful information about the federal SEVIS fee.
As of May 1, 2005 you can now verify online if your SEVIS fee payment was received and when the official receipt for the payment was issued. This capability is available for payments made on the Internet, by check or money order, by Western Union, and by bulk filing. Verification can be made by visiting the SEVIS fee website at https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.jsp
If you are applying for a change of status to F-1 or J-1, please read this pdf file:
SEVIS fee & Change of Status to F-1/J-1
The Wayne State Institutional $50 SEVIS fee is mandatory. The fee is charged to all students and scholars in F-1, F-3, or J-1 status. Individuals with F-1 and F-3 status will be automatically charged, each semester, through their Wayne State University account. Individuals with J-1 status will be required to pay, every six months, at the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) in person. We accept personal check, money order and bank cashier's check from a U.S. Bank payable to "Wayne State University". Wayne State University cannot accept a starter's check.